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The Montessori Method

Dr. Maria Montessori was born in Italy in 1870. She grew up to become Italy’s first woman doctor, studying biology and psychology. She then went on to work with underprivileged children in the slums of Rome. Her observations led her to develop theories on child development. These theories prompted the creation of specialized materials and specific teacher training, which together, came to be known as the Montessori Method.

The Montessori Method’s theories include individualized learning, respect for the child and his/her unique developmental pace, a focus on sensorial development, the teaching of independence and autonomy, care of the environment, courtesy and grace, exposure to cultural traditions and practical life skill development.

The Montessori Method highlights the importance of developing a solid foundation during early childhood and promotes a love of learning.